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How To Gift Shop For Friends And Family While On A Budget

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The holiday season is upon us! You’ve always heard that it’s better to give than to receive, and that’s true! It feels great to give and see a persons face light up with joy, but giving can also hurt. Especially when you’re on a budget. Times are hard, and your friends and family will understand that! Everyone has been there before, but here are a few ways to give your pals and loved ones some great gifts they’ll love, while also on a budget!

  1. Give Memories: People love to take selfies, and you more than likely have plenty of selfies with you, your friends and your family having fun. There are plenty of websites where you can print pictures for a very low price. Try one of these:
  2. Keep Your Eye On Sales: There are plenty of websites that have last minute holiday sales, keep your eye on those! You can also type in coupon codes for certain items and find them on the internet, because that’s the fantastic reality we live in. You can also subscribe to websites that will tell you when things are on sale or when something is back in stock. Here are some sites to help you find the best deals: is a wonderful website to use as well, it has a list of sites with free shipping policies ad coupon codes for more than 500 stores!
  3. Give Something From The Heart: You know your friends and family better than anyone, and nothing will make them more happy than receiving something with meaning from you. You could make them something, anything and they’re sure to love it! If you’re a good artist, draw them something! If you’re more of a writer you could write them a story or poem! If you’re a musician you could sing or play them a song! The possibilities are endless. This is a sure way to make someone happy while also staying on your budget!
  4. Give Yourself: Giving the gift of yourself can be just what a friend or loved one needs this holiday season. People are always busy, maybe one day offer to help them out around the house, or baby sit. If you have a niche for making a great lasagna, make dinner for someone you love. Plan to spend a day doing nothing but talking and listening to the other person. Think of things you could do for someone to really help them, and give that as a gift! This gift will also be a way for your friends and family to spend more time with you!
  5. Just Be Honest: This is one may be hard for you to do, or admit, but as they say, the truth will set you free. Your friends and family will understand. All you have to do is tell them. Maybe say, “I’m sorry, but I’m on a tight budget right now and gift giving is going to be hard this year.” Maybe someone you tell is having the same issue. We never know what other people are going through. Ask them if theyre up for a cookie exchange instead? Or something inexpensive. 

The holidays can be just as stressful as they are joyful, but hopefully with these tips you can take some of the stress off. Happy Holidays!


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